The last comprehensive planning for Dawson Park was undertaken in the 1970s through the development of the Capital City Recreation Park Concept Plan. Most of the infrastructure that exists in Dawson Park is a legacy of that plan including a parking lot, hiking and biking trails, rest area with toilets, benches and preserved natural area.
While Dawson Park has not seen significant change since the 1970s, the surrounding communities, recreation demands and the city certainly has. The growing communities of Cromdale and Boyle Street, while visually linked to the park remain physically disconnected. Social issues within the park pose environmental impacts and safety concerns for area residents and park users. Noxious and invasive plant species present in the park threaten the area's natural biodiversity. The master plan provides a starting point to investigate these and other issues, identify solutions and partnerships and establish a framework for moving forward.
Community consultation involving the surrounding neighbourhoods, stakeholders and city-wide residents begun in 2016 and will continue throughout the planning process. Early consultation will help to craft a driving vision for Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine and to establish the guiding principles that will form the basis for undertaking planning work and building a plan for the park. The end goal is to create a lasting legacy for Dawson Park that reflects the needs of today while enhancing and preserving the ecological integrity of Dawson Park as part of Edmonton’s river valley park system for generations to come.
The project will include four phases of public engagement to help the City develop a master plan that will respond to community needs and City priorities. Each phase will include a public open house, online engagement, and internal and external stakeholder sessions:
Phase 1: Project Introduction, Inventory and Analysis - August - September 2016
This was the first opportunity to join the conversation about the park. In this phase, the City looked for initial feedback about the park, including what you like about the park, why it is important to you and what you want to see in the future. The results were shared in a What We Heard report for the inventory and site analysis of the park, such as project scope and boundaries, existing feature, systems and functions of the park.
Phase 2: Vision, Principles and Identity - January 2017
This was your second opportunity to get involved and shape the vision and guiding principles for the park. The City shared the opportunities and constraints for the site, and wanted your input to prioritize elements of the vision to inform the next phase, concept design options.
Phase 3: Concept Design Options - May 2017
The City looked for feedback on two concept design options including variations on proposed activities, features, and design elements for the park. The public and stakeholders had the opportunity to help prioritize elements and choose preferred options.
Phase 4: Preferred Concept Design - Fall 2017
The City will present a final draft of the park concept design that integrates the priorities and feedback from Phase 3. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback and help fine-tune the program and design.
A master plan report, final concept, and budget will be submitted to City Council for funding as part of the 2019-22 budget cycle.
Design & Build Phases
Dependent on Council approval and funding. Further public consultation will take place during this phase.